Anderson Shatters Six-Second Barrier at Bandimere on Friday, Places Second with Teammate Line 10th Fans and racers met the first day of Pro Stock qualifying at the Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver, CO with great anticipation. After all, a...
Anderson Shatters Six-Second Barrier at Bandimere on Friday, Places Second with Teammate Line 10th
Fans and racers met the first day of Pro Stock qualifying at the Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver, CO with great anticipation. After all, a test session a week earlier had seen several of the "factory hot rods" record six-second elapsed times, which, although commonplace at other venues on the Full Throttle circuit, had not yet been done in competition at Bandimere Speedway, putting one of the final modern-day barriers in the category's history on the line. Mother Nature added her own element to the proceedings, with intermittent showers delaying the second session by three hours.
With the ambient and track temperatures hovering in the high 60's, 11 competitors tried but fell shy before Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing Pontiac crew rolled into the right hand lane for their attempt. Rocketing down the track, Anderson tripped the finish line timers in 6.993-seconds with a top speed of 196.73 mph to claim the coveted accomplishment. However, sitting second at the end of the session, the three-time champion immediately turned his attention on improving his performance even more during one of Saturday's twin time trials.
"We certainly weren't happy with our first run, but as things turned out, it put us in the second pair from the end and gave us the chance to become the first car in the sixes at Bandimere, and that's neat," said Anderson. "That's something they can never take away from us, and it's cool to do it for everyone at Summit and our fans. But the big picture is that we were three hundredths behind the fastest car, so we still have work to do.
"We have two more runs tomorrow, so we have to figure out what we did right tonight. It was certainly a step in the right direction, picking up nine hundredths from our first run. Now we need to keep it going, hopefully reeling in that big Dodge and passing him by."
Teammate Jason Line, meanwhile, earned the provisional 10th spot with a best time of 7.059 seconds and a top speed of 195.93 mph. Naturally, he looks to better his standing during his final two qualifying attempts on the Colorado quarter-mile.
"We made an okay run in the afternoon session, but are not at all pleased with our nighttime effort," said Line. "Having not had a chance to really study the data yet, I'm not exactly sure what went wrong, but we'll get things together and figure it out.
"The good news is that we know we can make this Summit Racing Pontiac better. Weather permitting, we'll have two more chances tomorrow, and I'm sure we'll make the best out of both, stepping it up and putting ourselves in a better position for race day."